This is the first post in a series discussing wrongful termination cases in Santa Ana, California. We felt it necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that the legal meaning of “wrongful termination” is different than the meaning given to the phrase in everyday use. Many workers do not understand that no separate cause of action can be brought for an illegal firing. The phrase, in reality, simply means that one may sue if they were fired for any reason that is illegal under the law. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will help workers to better understand their rights when selecting an employment law attorney.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- The meaning of “wrongful termination”
- The process of bringing a claim
- Cases based on discrimination (whether it be due to ethnicity, age, gender, etc.)
- Cases based on employer retaliation
There are several reasons why employees should understand these issues. First, many err in thinking that the law protects them in situations where they feel a performance based firing was not warranted; an employer, however, is within their rights to terminate someone for issues such as performance, attendance, etc. Second, it is important to understand that you must go through the administrative process before bringing a claim against your employer. Third, an employer’s discrimination does not have to be explicit in order to bring your case within the definition of a wrongful termination. Fourth, many do not realize the extent to which they are protected against a retaliatory firing.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact a lawyer immediately if you feel your rights were violated. You only have a limited amount of time in which you may bring a claim and missing this window may mean that you lose your chance for a day in Court. Contact our office today to speak with a Santa Ana wrongful termination lawyer. We also service the Orange County areas of Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.